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New Iowa City coworking space, MERGE, hosts an open house Thursday

MERGE Innovation Space, an expansion of the IC CoLab, is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in its Ped Mall location. Protostudios, a rapid prototyping facility located within MERGE, and its counterpart on the University of Iowa medical campus, the Translational Research Incubator (TRI), will also be celebrating their kickoff. […]

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Center for Afrofuturist Studies seeking Kickstarter funding for next season

The Center for Afrofuturist Studies is a little more than halfway (as of publishing) to its goal of raising $4,000 through Kickstarter to support the next round of artist residencies with an all-or-nothing campaign that ends June 22. […]

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Youth in the LGBTQIA+ community raise their voices in unity

The United Action for Youth (UAY) Pride group, along with students and recent UAY graduates, are hoping that pulling together what UAY’s Jamie Ellis a “gay teen mob of awesomeness” to participate in the Iowa City Pride Parade will give young members of the LGBTQIA+ community a greater presence and more recognition. […]

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Three programs for sexual and domestic violence survivors defunded

Three programs have been defunded among other cuts to services for individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence following the Iowa Legislature’s decision to decrease funding for victim services by 26 percent. Additional funding cuts at the federal level also contributed to the shortfall. […]

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Grab a slice to support the Iowa Youth Writing Project

Everyone is invited to venture out into the spring weather at Geyer’s Oven west of Iowa City for an evening of pizza in support of the Iowa Youth Writing Project. The all-you-can-eat pizza picnic starts at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and is the first of three events called “Growing Voices” that aim to bring the community together to support the nonprofit’s mission of “growing children’s voices.” […]

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Kites for Kids event invites families to fly a kite while raising awareness of child abuse

The fourth annual Kites for Kids Festival wraps up at its final location ‑- Iowa City’s City Park Shelter 5 — this Saturday at noon. The festival invites people to come and fly a kite in honor of children who have been impacted by child abuse. […]

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Updated: Satellite Marches for Science spring up across Iowa in support of the national march

This Earth Day, April 22, people are taking a stand to defend science and evidence-based policy with a March for Science. In addition to the march planned on the National Mall in Washington D.C., over 500 satellite marches are planned around the country and the world. In Iowa, marches are planned in Des Moines, Iowa City, Davenport, Independence, Tipton, Decorah, Dubuque, Mason City and Cedar Falls.

The idea for the march sprang up in the wake of the massive post-inauguration Women’s March and has gained support following actions from the new presidential administration and from state and federal legislators that undermine or ignore scientific knowledge. Over the past few months, the science march’s main Facebook page has gained over 500,000 likes and has been championed by Bill Nye (the Science Guy), who was named one of the honorary national co-chairs, and Jane Goodall. […]

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